Tottenham Hotspur are still waiting to hear news on Michael Dawson's Achilles injury, after manager Harry Redknapp confirmed he could face surgery.
Initial scans were scheduled for today, with the Spurs boss admitting his centre back is far from happy with what is quickly becoming a serious problem for the 27-year-old.
"Michael is going for a scan on Wednesday on his Achilles and at the moment he's not feeling happy with it. It could be a long-term problem for him," said Redknapp.
"Michael started to run but didn't feel good. He felt the same pain, had another scan and now has to go to specialist on Wednesday again to see why. Until he sees the specialist we don't know if they want to operate on him, which we don't want.
"An operation would be a long job, we're hoping there is nothing there and it's part of what he'll feel from scar tissue or something. The last resort is an operation."
The injury is the latest problem for Dawson, who missed three months of last season following a knee operation It also hampered his progress with England after fighting his way into a place in Fabio Capello's squad.
Defensive injuries have been a long-standing issue for Spurs under Redknapp, but the fitness of Ledley King remains a positive as the club captain continues to clock-up appearances.
In his latest, against QPR on Sunday, the 31-year-old even managed an assist to Rafael Van der Vaart, although the jury is still out over if it was an intentional pass of sliced shot.
"I saw the net, I got a bit excited and err... saw Rafa there so I thought I'd slip him in. I fooled the defenders. Me and Rafa have been working on it so he knew what to expect. His first touch was great and it was a great finish."
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